Internet dating older people
Online dating has made sex more accessible for men and women over 60.
But as well as offering the possibility of greater sexual fulfilment, the internet is also throwing up new challenges and dangers.
Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
While this research terrain requires further empirical enquiry, and may well demonstrate much that remains normative, the focus upon older people and new technologies in relation to sexual intimacy is also suggestive of heterodox innovations which might be considered as politically significant.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.Sexuality is frequently unrecognised and under-theorised as a mode of ageing social interconnection.Yet this failure to fully integrate sexuality into considering older people’s lives cannot be sustained in the face of its well evidenced links with health and wellbeing.